Microsoft Imagine gets you started with the Microsoft Azure services you need to develop in the cloud at no cost using Visual Studio Community 2015.
This benefit provides you access to a free tier including the following services:
- Azure App Services – A fully-managed cloud offering that enables you to build and deploy native and web apps in minutes. Use the technology you love – ASP.NET, Java, PHP, Node.js or Python. Add a variety of essential app services including authentication, social integration, offline data sync, and more, regardless of whether your app runs on Windows 10, iOS, or Android. Set-up continuous integration and deployment workflows with VSO, GitHub, TeamCity, Hudson or BitBucket – enabling you to automatically build, test and deploy your web app on each successful code check-in or integration tests
- Notification Hubs – Keep your app in-touch with users by enabling you to send mobile push notifications tailored by audience, language, and location using any back end, and major mobile platforms.
- SQL Database – Build secure, global SaaS applications that support massive scale.
- MySQL Database from ClearDB adds the power of MySQL to your Web Apps. With clearDB MySQL you can deploy more kinds of web apps and CMS solutions such as Wordpress, Joomla, Acquia Drupal, phpBB, and more.
- Visual Studio Application Insights provides you with the deep diagnostics and performance telemetry to ensure your web apps and services are running at their maximum potential. Search and analyze your data to continuously improve your application, prioritize future investments and improve the overall customer experience.
- Visual Studio Team Services provides a set of cloud-powered collaboration tools that work with your existing IDE or editor, so your team can work effectively on software projects of all shapes and sizes.
These Microsoft Azure benefits are available now for validated Microsoft Imagine students at no cost and no commitment, with no time limit and they do not require a payment instrument like a credit card.
You can upgrade to more services later if you want, but you can host your web apps and websites today with the power of the Microsoft cloud behind you and it won’t cost you anything.